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Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

An update: I made 2 Indian dishes this weekend with my oven-caramelized onions: chole (chickpeas) and keema (ground beef with pototoes & peas). Both dishes had a sweetness to them (that should NOT have been there) due, I'm pretty sure, to the oven- caramelized onions. Even my kids, who love anything sweet, noted that the food tasted 'different' and asked I not do it that way again! So I will have to use my oven-made onions for more western dishes that call for that sweetness (onion soup, topping for pizza, etc) and continue making onions for my Indian dishes on the stove....

Jan 28, 2015
kavikat in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

Not much difference in texture, they seem to have kept their shape rather than breaking down. But that may be because I sliced them thicker than I normally do? Don't know yet about the flavor -- never tasted them when making for a single dish on the stovetop. They smell wonderful though!

Jan 24, 2015
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Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

Decided not to add the garlic & ginger. This way I can use the onion for other things besides Indian.

Jan 24, 2015
kavikat in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

Yep, every 25 to 30 minutes. I definitely found this method easier than standing at the stove stirring for 40 minutes!

Jan 22, 2015
kavikat in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

My 6 lbs of onions turned out perfect. Cooked down to almost 3 cups. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get them a really dark brown. Next time I will bump the heat to 375 to see if I can get them done faster.

Jan 22, 2015
kavikat in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

JoanN talks about using the oven to caramelize onion in this link:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3611...

I just put about 6 lbs of sliced onions in the oven about 20 minutes ago, will let you know how they come out. Only used butter and salt on them....

Jan 22, 2015
kavikat in Home Cooking

Carmelizing Onions in the Oven for Indian recipes

I want to try caramelizing onions in the oven (6 lbs thinly sliced with 1/2 stick of butter at 350 for about 2 hours). I will be using the caramelized onions to speed up the time it takes me to make Indian recipes that call for deeply browned onions. Can I add minced ginger and garlic to the onions before putting them in the oven (as I do when browning in a pan)? Any other spices/flavorings?

Any tips/insight for for would be appreciated. Thanks!

Jan 22, 2015
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Dinner near W 45th

Eleven of us are seeing a show on Sun Dec 14 on W 45th & Broadway. We're looking for a nearby place for dinner. No fast food or chain restaurants. Open to any cuisine. We're not drinkers, if that helps any. Ideally somewhere that will take reservations. Thanks!

Dec 02, 2014
kavikat in Manhattan

Food between Penn Station and Javits Center

Going to Comic-Con tomorrow with 2 teenagers. Any suggestions on where to grab a decent breakfast (pancakes,eggs, etc) somewhere between Penn Station and our walk to the Javits Center. We'll arrive at Penn Station around 9:30am; Comic-Con opens at Noon.

Oct 08, 2014
kavikat in Manhattan

Chinese Celery in Persian Stew?

Thanks! Made the stew with about 2/3 as much of the Chinese celery as I would normal celery. Definitely a stronger taste and much more aromatic. I think for this particular dish, regular celery is better.

Oct 07, 2014
kavikat in Home Cooking

Chinese Celery in Persian Stew?

Picked up some Chinese celery in Flushing yesterday. Smells like regular celery but stems are much longer and thinner. Also, there is an abundant amount of leaves attached. Does anyone know if I can cook it the same as regular celery? Specifically, I want to make a Persian dish called Koresh Karafs (celery stew). Thanks!!

Oct 06, 2014
kavikat in Home Cooking

Chinese groceries?

Thanks everyone! Went to V&T in Hempstead and found the Chinese sweet sausage I was craving. Also got some Chinese candies/sweets I haven't had in years! ;-)
The place is big and has a huge selection of Chinese groceries that H Mart doesn't carry. They had a decent selection of Thai and Hispanic groceries as well (but sadly no Kaffir lime leaves!).

Chinese groceries?

Can anyone recommend a good Chinese grocer in/near North shore of Nassau County? I am mainly in need of sauces and Chinese sausages.
Thanks!

Mashawa recipe?

Anyone have an authentic recipe for Mashawa? It's an Afghan soup made with beans and meat, served with a yogurt sauce. Found a couple recipes on the web but was hoping someone has a good one to share.
Thanks!

May 08, 2013
kavikat in Home Cooking

Changing cake pan sizes

My go-to chocolate cake recipe is the Double Chocolate Layer cake from Epicuirious (with a few tweaks!). I always make it in the 2 10" round pans called for. But instead of layers, I want to make this as a sheet cake next time. Any ideas on how big a pan I need? Thanks!

Jan 31, 2013
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Whole Foods cupcake recipe?

Recently had a vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods -- it was just what I like in a cake! Dense, moist, flavorful -- the frosting was not even needed. Does anyone know what type of cake it is? Or even better, have a recipe that will produce a cake with a similar texture? I've tried lots of cake recipes in the past but nothing I've made has ever been so dense and moist... Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
kavikat in Home Cooking

Steel cut oats - rancid?

I used a brand new package of McCann's brand. The short-cut instructions said to half cook them this way and them leave them, covered, overnight. Now that I'm checking the box again, even the raw oats smell a little rancid.
I'm going to toss the box and go back to my Quaker Oaks -- never had a problem with them, just that I heard so much about steel-cut and wanted to taste what all the fuss was about! Thanks for your responses....

Apr 10, 2011
kavikat in General Topics

Steel cut oats - rancid?

Made steel cut oats for the first time. Used the overnight method -- brought water to a boil, turned off heat, added oats. This morning, added some milk and cooked for another 10 minutes or so. Added sugar -- and found the oats had a off flavor. I'd almost say they tasted slightly rancid -- like oil smells when it's too old. Is this possible? I checked the package (it was brand new and the plastic was sealed) and it hasn't expired. I've been eating/cooking Quaker oats for years and never noticed this taste/smell. Did I get a bad batch or do steel cut oats always smell this way?

Apr 10, 2011
kavikat in General Topics

Capers??? - moved from Home Cooking board

What, exactly, are capers? Growing up here in the USA, I frequently encounter them in restaurants (and love them!). However, having grown up in an Asian household, have never seen them in their "natural" state....

In the grocery store, some bottles say 'nonpareill' (excuse the spelling!) and other bottles don't. What's the difference? How do you know which to buy? Are bigger capers better or smaller ones? Imported better than produced in USA? HELP!!

thanks!

Dec 15, 2008
kavikat in General Topics

enchilada sauce

Does anyone have a good recipe for enchilada sauce? I have tried Emeril's sauce but found the consistency too thick and it just didn't taste that great either... Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Oct 01, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

I love my own steak too -- i marinade in teriyaki sauce, garlic powder, pepper or sliced fresh chilis, and sliced onions. This is how my mom always made it and nothing compares!

Apr 24, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good chinese in Huntington, LI?

Haven't been there in a while, but Jaiya Thai in Hicksville was always good (and they make it spicy!). We love Masala Wok, our favorites are the hakka noodles, chili chicken and cilantro chicken (I think that's what they call it). There's an appetizer I love but I can't remember the name -- basically drumsticks stuffed with crabmeat -- yummm!

Also try Dosa Hut -- south India vegetarian food that's very tasty and not overly greasy like a lot of the other places in the area...

Best Egg Recipes

I frequently had a Persian dish called 'kuku' at a friend's house while in college. I don't have a recipe but it consists of eggs and lots (I mean lots!) of chopped herbs. It was also served as part of a traditonal Persian New Years dinner consisting of kuku, rice with herbs and some sort of fish (i think it was whitefish, but I can't remember).

Apr 10, 2008
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Who loves coffee milk?

I first tried it as a kid at a friend's house (late 70's). She would stir instant coffee and sugar in a glass of (cold) milk. I thought it was weird back then, but I love it now. I heat the milk in the microwave with the coffee and sugar (it would probably be even better if if brought to a boil in a pan, but I'm far too lazy to wash an extra pan!). Even my kids drink it as a 'treat' with their Saturday morning bagels...

Never heard of the syrups...

how to doctor up brownies from a box??

Start with the Ghiradelli brownie mix. I too prefer to bake from scratch but these are so good, I haven't made my own since I discovered these!

Feb 07, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Your Dish Is Unwelcome Here

It is a cultural thing. Among South Asians (Sindhis, anyway), it is unheard of to show up a a dinner party empty-handed. It is considered rude not to offer to bring something. If the hosts decline, I would NEVER show up with less than a bottle of (good) wine and some chocolates. Although whiskey is more traditional!

I once brought a beautiful (expensive!), low-maintance plant to a housewarming dinner (the hostess had mentioned on a previous occaisiona how she loved all the plants in my home). If I had handed her a box of worms, she couldn't have looked more shocked! Among some peopole, 'creative' is not appreciated!

Feb 04, 2008
kavikat in Features

looking for a spinach bread bowl dip recipe?

If you have access to Costco, try the spinach dip they carry. I don't know the name but it's probably the same one at all stores. It is truly the best I've ever eaten. Everyone I know who has tried it feels the same way -- even my Aunt who caterers and is an incredible cook!

Jan 17, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Your favorite 'Cake Bible' recipe?

I've only made the Chocolate Domingo cake so far, but it became my favorite chocolate cake on first bite! No frosting is needed, just decorate with a stencil and some powdered sugar.

Jan 17, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good Soup Cookbooks

I want to try my hand at making homemade soups this winter. Can you make some cookbook recommendations? I prefer rich, complex flavors -- light, brothy soups I can improvise! Thanks!

Dec 18, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good Italian Deli and Bakery in Nassau

Is Razzannos in Glen Cove the same as the Razzannos that used to be in Port Washington/Manorhaven? I still miss their salads (the chickpea was too die for and such great eggplant parm! I would make the trip to Glen Cove for it...